A new law allows certain products derived from industrial hemp, like CBD oil, to be sold and used in Indiana. Although Hoosiers can now legally use this alternative medical treatment option, some questions remain about CBD and the new law, which I would like to help clear up.
What is CBD? Cannabidiol is a compound refined from industrial hemp, which is a specialized cannabis plant strain with very low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol. Because of the low THC levels, CBD cannot be used as a recreational drug.
Why is CBD used for medical treatment? While many patients can manage their conditions with traditional medication, there are other desperate Hoosiers who do not respond well to traditional therapies. CBD oil has shown promise in helping alleviate and control the symptoms of many diseases. Studies have shown that CBD provides antipsychotic affects that could help those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder. CBD also has natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties. In public hearings, many parents expressed how it helps their children experiencing seizures.
Additionally, sometimes powerful prescription medications used to treat patients with epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease or other disorders can have harmful side effects. In some cases, CBD can be used as a milder alternative.
Is it legal to use CBD? A new law legalizes the marketing, possession and use of CBD products for all Hoosiers. Under the law, only CBD containing 0.3 percent or less of THC can be used legally. Other states have different laws regarding the use of CBD and other cannabis-derived medicines, so it is important to check THC levels before purchasing CBD to make sure the product meets Indiana standards.
If your employer conducts drug tests, it is also important to check their policy before starting treatment with CBD. Legalizing access to CBD gives Hoosiers more options for their medical treatment when used safely.